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REE-Bearing Cambrian-Ordovician Episyenites and Carbonatites in Southern and Central New Mexico, USA: new paper co-authored by several bureau researchers

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— June 14, 2022

Brick-red, K-feldspar-rich episyenites and carbonatites are found throughout New Mexico that contain anomalous concentrations of rare earth elements. Modern technology increasingly relies on rare earth elements (REE), which are now considered as critical minerals. This new paper discusses the geololgy, geochemistry, and gechronology of these important and interesting rocks.

REE-Bearing Cambrian-Ordovician Episyenites and Carbonatites in Southern and Central New Mexico, USA

  • Virginia T. McLemore, Adam Smith, Nelia Dunbar, and Matthew T. Heizler — NMBGMR, NMT Socorro, NM
  • Annelise M. Riggins — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • O. Tapani Rämö — Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland

in: Koutz, F.R, ed., Vision for Discovery: Geology and Ore Deposits of the Great Basin, Geological Society of Nevada 2022 Symposium Proceedings, Reno-Sparks, Nevada, p. 411-428.